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Volunteers Flock To Breezy Point To Help Storm-Ravaged Residents

Breezy Point

People view damage in a neighborhood in Breezy Point October 30, 2012 (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Breezy Point, Queens, has been battered by flooding, fires and most recently theft in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, but volunteers continued Saturday to pitch in and help.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, a group of nuns giving out food, coffee and gloves, and dozens of volunteers from Operation Blessing are just some of the men and women who have donated their time to help Breezy Point residents.

Operation Blessing President Bill Horan came up from Virginia.

“We don’t have any place to put people overnight, so these folks are coming in under their own power,” Horan said. “Most of them are from somewhere in the local vicinity — New York, New Jersey — although yesterday we had a volunteer from China. We had a group from Israel.”

The organization has been helping residents with whatever is needed, including removing carpeting and furniture from flooded homes.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

The spirit of help has taken off in other parts of the city as well. In the Rockaways a Facebook page run by Christine Wexler called Rockaway Home Rescue is helping families who have been unable to find temporary housing through FEMA, find places to stay while their homes are repaired and made liveable.

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